Thursday, December 12, 2013 @ 8PM, Roulette (509 Atlantic at 3rd ave)
James Ilgenfritz plays Anthony Braxton, Pauline Oliveros, Annie Gosfield, and JG Thirlwell
Reinier Van Houdt plays Walter Marchetti
An evening of premieres and classic works from distinctive solo instrumentalists. Bassist James Ilgenfritz presents solo and chamber music by Anthony Braxton & Pauline Oliveros, plus two World Premieres by Annie Gosfield, and JG Thirlwell, & an improvisation with Jason Ponce. Esoteric pianist Reinier Van Houdt presents the US Premiere of Italian avant-garde composer Walter Marchetti’s new solo piano work Concerto per la Mano Sinistra in un Solo Movimento (Concerto for the Left Hand in One Movement).
“Compositions (Braxton) 2011 is a considerable achievement of
solo instrumentalism and an important demonstration of the possibilities
open to the double bass in the early 21st century.”
– Dan Barbiero, Avant Music News
Bassist James Ilgenfritz presents work from his recent CD, Compositions (Braxton) 2011, solo contrabass performances of the music of Anthony Braxton. Also included is a rare performance of Pauline Oliveros’ 1960s work Trio for Trumpet, Accordion, and String Bass (with Stephanie Richards, trumpet; & Nathan Koci, accordion), two WORLD PREMIERES: A new work for solo acoustic bass by Annie Gosfield, and a new work for bass and live electronics by JG Thirlwell, and an improvisation with Jason Ponce, computer.
“Reinier van Houdt possesses a prodigious technique, more
than equal to the demands placed upon it … He has the insight to
illuminate the rightness of … works that have proved intimidating
to many lesser talents.” – MusicWorks
Reinier van Houdt’s music displays a fascination with matters that escape notation: sound, timing, space, physicality, memory, noise, environment – points where interpretation touches improvisation. His unusual repertoire results from personal quests, collaborations with composers & musicians, from research in archives, from the ‘composing’ and ‘staging’ of music-performances, or from unorthodox studies of the classics. He has premiered music by Robert Ashley, Alvin Curran, Kaikhosru Shapurji Sorabji, Francisco López, Charlemagne Palestine, Yannis Kyriakides, Maria de Alvear, Jerry Hunt, Michael Pisaro, John Oswald. He has also worked with John Cage, Alvin Lucier, Luc Ferrari, Olivier Messiaen; with theatre companies like Hotel Modern, Andcompany & Co, Veenfabriek, Leine & Roebana and ZOOGDIER, a music theatre group of which he is co-founder. Reinier van Houdt also plays in Current 93 and is one of the moving forces behind the experimental music outfit MAE/MAZE. He has performed in such diverse venues as the Knitting Factory in New York, San Ildefonso in Mexico City, Queen Elizabeth Hall in London, DOM in Moscow, Setagaya Gallery in Tokyo, the New Library in Alexandria Egypt, Mills College in Oakland, HAU in Berlin and Kunstraum in Düsseldorf.
Walter Marchetti (born in 1931) is an Italian composer who adopted John Cage’s dadaist aesthetic and pioneered interactive and concrete music. In 1964 he formed the FLUXUS-inspired ZAJ group, with Juan Hidalgo in Madrid. He still active, producing music and performances.
Bassist/composer James Ilgenfritz has worked in New York’s experimental music community for ten years, interacting with visual artists, improvisers, composers, and literary figures. James has worked with Anthony Braxton, John Zorn, Elliott Sharp, Anthony Coleman, and Steve Swell, as well as composers Lukas Ligeti, Pauline Oliveros, Karin Rehnqvist, Ted Hearne, & Gordon Beeferman. Recent recordings include MiND GAMeS (with Denman Maroney, Andrew Drury, Angelika Niescier), Thank You, with his band The Curators, and Compositions (Braxton) 2011, a solo bass recording of the music of Anthony Braxton. In 2011 James was Artist In Residence at Issue Project Room, where he premiered his opera The Ticket That Exploded (based on the 1962 William S. Burroughs novel of the same name). A graduate of University of Michigan & University of California San Diego, James is on faculty at Brooklyn College Preparatory Center & Brooklyn Conservatory.
Roulette (509 Atlantic at 3rd Ave)
509 Atlantic Ave
(On the corner of Atlantic + 3rd Aves)
Downtown Brooklyn, NY
2, 3, 4, 5, C, G, D, M, N, R, B & Q trains and the LIRR